I finally finished the sweater I started for Thing 1 FIVE YEARS ago! I think. I think I started it when she was about four. Maybe five. In any event I had finished the body and was halfway up the sleeves when I put it down. And didn't pick it up until a couple months ago. So what was Thing 1's has become Thing 2's. They're practically the same size, but Thing 1 won't wear anything that has more than two of the following:
1) has THAT much of THAT shade of pink on it
2) buttons up the front
3) doesn't have a pocket on it where her hands can touch each other
4) itches AT ALL (the yarn on this has just a smidge of wool in it)
It's not perfect (there is a slight puckering where the left sleeve joins the body) but it's done! Yippeeee! And Thing 2 gets to wear it. Between the quilting and the knitting and getting Hubby out the door (he left yesterday for two weeks in India and Sri Lanka), the house has gone to pot. But the SWEATER IS DONE!
I had to hand sew all those little flowers, which is a stretch of my embroidery capabilities (I have none), and sew on the buttons, which I was so tickled to find because they're practically perfect in every way.
Thing 2 stepped away from the computer long enough to let me take this picture, hence the, "Are we done here?" expression. I was tempted to just lop off her head, which would also have cut out some of the mess in my kitchen, but the headless sweater seemed a little weird.